May 08, 2006

Flash-Mob Eucharists in a Post-Ecclesial World

Take a look at this article: Towards a flash-mob Eucharist. It's written by Theo Hobson (he has a homepage here, but you can get a better idea of who he is here), a self-styled "post-ecclesial Christian theologian" who thinks that "so far, so-called postmodern theology has been neo-orthodox, a highly erudite dead-end." I like his style.

Two questions I'd love to ask him:

  1. How does this kind of a post-ecclesial, structure-less church fulfill its mandate to do things other than corporate worship?
  2. In what sense is your ecclesiology "post-modern?"
  3. (Did I say two? I meant three.) In what way can such a church be said to be, "one, holy, catholic, and apostolic," or does continuity with this aspect of the theological tradition matter anymore?
Theo, if you're doing any ego-surfing and see this post, why not drop in?

5 Comments:

At 6:48 PM, Blogger JoeBum said...

good questions, I feel like hobson hasn't really thought out the alternatives.

Such as theater, does not theater contain structure that is needed? It is structure that provides for freedom. I imagine that he would say that words need to escape the authoritarian confines of sentence structure, then expression anarchism carnival happen could. whatever!

It's good that in a worship service for people to just yell out in praise, but if that's all that happened, with no strucure, how would the gospel get prached? it wouldn't?

 
At 10:40 AM, Blogger DesertPastor said...

"It's good that in a worship service for people to just yell out in praise, but if that's all that happened, with no strucure, how would the gospel get prached? it wouldn't?"

Well, joebum -- maybe the worship service is for celebrating all that God accomplished during the week when his people were out preaching the gospel. You think, maybe?

 
At 12:06 PM, Blogger JoeBum said...

yeah, that's a good point, but not the one i'm making.

there has to be structure just for people to come together in general. For people to come together for praise, there has to be structure...i'm not of course talking about writ liturgy and rigidity, but i am talking about putting together that worship service. what time? where? will someone talk? wlil there be silence for contemplation? will it all be spontaneous? (which is fine, but we have to realize that much of our spontaniety is structured).

 
At 2:14 PM, Blogger JoeBum said...

hey, is my 2nd comment showing up or what? if not i would hate to redo it, but just in case here this is what i said earlier:

"yeah, that's a good point, but not the one i'm making.

there has to be structure just for people to come together in general. For people to come together for praise, there has to be structure...i'm not of course talking about writ liturgy and rigidity, but i am talking about putting together that worship service. what time? where? will someone talk? wlil there be silence for contemplation? will it all be spontaneous? (which is fine, but we have to realize that much of our spontaniety is structured)."

 
At 3:31 PM, Blogger JoeBum said...

DOH! sorry to take up so much comment space, oh no, i'm doing it again. Ok, i'll quit now.

 

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